Students of psychology who have followed the modern trend of thought along the
lines of mental phenomena are struck by the persistence of the DUAL-MIND idea which has manifested itself so strongly during the past ten or fifteen years, and which has given rise to a number of “plausible theories regarding the nature and constitution of these “two minds”
The late Thomas J Hudson attained great popularity in 1893 by “advancing” his well-known theory of the “objective and subjective minds” which he held existed in “every individual”
Other writers have attracted almost equal attention by the “theories” regarding the “CONSCIOUS and SUBCONSCIOUS MINDS”; the VOLUNTARY AND INVOLUNTARY MINDS,’ etc. The theories of the “various writers” differ from each other, but there remains the “underlying principle of “the DUALITY OF MIND.
SETH OF COURSE TEACHES HOW OUR INNER MINDS, THE UN -SUB -SUPER CONSCIOUS MINDS – called the “inner minds” – RUN OUR LIVES!
HERMETIC TEACHINGS DOES ALSO!
The student of the Hermetic Philosophy is tempted to smile when he reads and hears of these “many new theories” regarding the DUALITY of MIND, each school adhering “tenaciously to its own pet theories” and each “claiming to have “discovered the truth”
The student turns back the pages of “occult history” and away back in t he dim beginings of occult teachings he finds “references” to the “ancient HERMETIC DOCTRINE of he PRINCIPLE OF GENDER on the MENTAL PLANE.
The manifestation of Mental Gender!
And examining further he finds that the ancient philosophy took “cognizance ” of the PHENOMENON of the DUAL MIND, and accounted for it by the THEORY OF MENTAL GENDER.
This idea of MENTAL GENDER may be explained in a few words to students who are familiar with the modern theories just alluded to.
The MASCULINE PRINCIPLE of MIND “corresponds to the so-called OBJECTIVE MIND: CONSCIOUS MIND; VOLUNTARY MIND; ACTIVE MIND etc.
And the FEMININE PRINCIPLE of MIND corresponds to the so-called SUBJECTIVE MIND; —SUB-CONSCIOUS MIND, INVOLUNTARY MIND, PASSIVE MIND, etc.
Of course the Hermetic Teachings do NOT AGREE with the many MODERN THEORIES regarding the nature of the TWO PHASES of MIND
nor, does admit many of the “facts” claimed for the two respective aspects—some of the said “theories and claims” being “very far-fetched and incapable of standing the test of experiment and demonstration.
We point to the phases of “agreement merely for the purpose of helping the student to “assimilate” his previously acquired knowledge with the teachings of the Hermetic Philosophy.”
Student of Hudson will notice the statement at the beginning of his second chapter of “THE LAW OF PSYCHIC PHENOMENA” that:
THE MYSTIC JARGON OF THE HERMETIC PHILOSOPHERS DISCLOSED THE SAME GENERAL IDEA .
The “Duality of Mind”
If Dr. Hudson had taken the time and trouble to “decipher a little of “the mystic jargon of the Hermetic Philosophy; he might have received MUCH LIGHT upon the subject of THE DUAL MIND.
but then, perhaps, the most interesting work might NOT have been written.
Let us now CONSIDER the HERMETIC TEACHINGS regarding MENTAL GENDER.
The HERMETIC TEACHERS impart their instruction regarding this subject by “bidding their students” examine the report of their “consciousness”
regarding their SELF
The students are “bidden” to turn their attention INWARD upon the SELF dwelling “within each”.
Each student is led to see that his “consciousness give him first a report of the existence of his SELF—the report is ‘I AM’
This at first seems to be the FINAL WORDS from the CONSCIOUSNESS, but a little further examination “discloses the fact that this ”I AM” may be “separated or SPLIT” into two “distinct” parts, or aspects, which while working in “unison” and “in conjunction, yet, nevertheless, may be “separated in consciousness.
While at first there “seems” to be only an “I’ existing, a more “careful and closer examination reveals the “fact” that there exists and “I” and a “ME”.
These Mental Twins differ in their characteristics and nature, and an examination of their nature and the phenomena “arising from the “same” will throw much “light” upon many of the problems of mental influence.
Let us begin with a “consideration” of the ‘ME’, which is usually mistaken for the “I” by the student, until he “presses the inquiry” a little further back into the “recesses of his consciousness”.
A man thinks of his SELF( in its aspect of “ME) as being “composed of certain feeling, tastes, likes, dislikes, habits, peculiar ties, characteristics, etc., all of wich go to make up his “Personality” or the ‘Self” known to “himself and others”
He knows that these “emotions, and feelings, change; are born and die away; are subject to the PRINCIPLE OF RHYTHM, and the PRINCIPLE OF POLARITY, RHYTHM, which take him from one extreme of feeling to another.
He also thinks of the “Me”as being certain knowledge gathered together in his mind, and thus forming a part of himself. THIS IS THE ‘ME’ OF A MAN!
But we have proceeded “too hastily” the ‘ME’ of many men may be said to “consist largely” of their “consciousness” of the body and their physical appetites, etc.
Their “consciousness” being largely BOUND UP with their “bodily nature,” they practically “LIVE THERE”.
Some men even go to far as to “regard their personal apparel” as “part of themselves”!
A writer has humorously said that “men consist of three parts—-soul, body and clothes”
These “clothes conscious” people would lose their personality if divested of their clothing by savages upon the occasion of a shipwreck.
But even many who are “not” so closely bound up with the idea of personal raiment stick closely to the consciousness of their bodies their ‘ME’.
They cannot conceive of a SELF independent of the body.
Their mind seems to them to be practically “A SOMETHING BELONGING TO”
THEIR BODY —which in many cases it is INDEED
people have heard this saying” THE CLOTHES MAKES THE MAN /woman
But as man rises in the SCALE OF CONSCIOUSNESS, he is “ABLE” to “disentangle” his ‘ME’ from his idea of body, and is able to think of his body as “belonging to” the mental part of him.
But even then he is “very apt” to identify the ME entirely with the mental states, feelings, etc., which he feels to exist within him.
He is very apt to consider these “internal states” as IDENTICAL with himself, instead of their being simply THINGS produced by “some part of his mentality”, and existing within him–of him, and in him,
BUT STILL NOT ‘HIMSELF’
He sees that he may change these “internal states of feelings by an EFFORT OF WILL, and the he may PRODUCE a feeling or state of an EXACTLY OPPOSITE NATURE, n the same way and yet the same ‘ME’ ” exists!
And so after a while he is able to “set aside” these “various mental states, emotions, feelings, habits, qualities, characteristics, and other personal mental belongings—he is “able” to seth them aside in the ‘NOT-ME”collections of “curiosities and encumbrances” as VALUABLE POSSESSIONS.
This requires much mental “concentration” and “power of mental analysis” on the part of the student.
But still the task is possible for the “advanced student”, and even those not as far advanced are able to see, in the “imagination, how the process may be performed”.
After this laying-aside process has been performed, the student will find himself in conscious possession of a SELF which may be considered in its “I” and “ME” “
The “ME’ will be felt to be a Something Mental in which thoughts, ideas, emotions, feelings, and other mental states may be produced.
It may be considered as the MENTAL WOMB as the ancients styled it—capable of generating “mental offspring”. It reports to the consciousness as a “ME’ with latent powers of creation and generation of mental progeny of all sorts and kinds.
ITS POWERS OF CREATIVE ENERGY ARE FELT TO BE ENORMOUS.
But still it seems to be conscious that it must receive some form of energy from either its “I” companion, or else from some other “I” ere it is able to bring into “being” its “mental creations.
This CONSCIOUSNESS brings with it a realization of an ENORMOUS capacity for mental work and creative ability.
But the student soon finds that this is not all that he finds within his inner consciousness.
He finds that there “exists” a “mental SOMETHING” WHICH IS ABLE, to WILL that the ME act along “certain creative lines” and which is also ABLE to stand aside and witness the MENTAL creation.
This part of himself he is taught to call ‘I’
He is able to rest in its consciousness at WILL.
He finds thee not a “consciousness” of an “ability to generate and actively create” in the sense of the gradual process attendant upon “mental Operations, but rather a sense and consciousness of an “ability ot PROJECT” and energy from the “I” to the “ME” —a process of WILLING that the Mental Creation begin and proceed.
He also finds that the “I” is able to stand aside and witness the operations of the “ME’s mental thoughts and ides instilled in the ME from the “I” of other minds.
But it is not our purpose to dwell upon this phase of the subject, which maybe studied from any good text-book upon psychology, with the key that we have given you regarding Mental Gender.
The student of Psychic Phenomena is “aware of the wonderful phenomena classified uner the head of TELEPATHY; THOUGHT TRANSFERENCE, MENTAL INFLUENCE, SUGGESTION, HYPNOTISM, etc”
Many have sought fo an explanation of these “varied phases of phenomena” under the theories of the various “dual mine” teachers.
And in a measure they are right, for there is clearly a “manifestation of two DISTINCT PHASES, of mental activity. \
But if such students will consider these “dual minds” in the light of the Hermetic Teachings regarding VIBRATIONS and MENTAL GENDER, they will see that the long sought for key IS AT HAND.
In the phenomena of TELEPATHY it is seen how the VIBRATORY ENERGY of the Masculine Principle is projected toward the Feminine Principle of another person, and the latter takes the seed-thought and allows it to develop into maturity.
In the same way “Suggestion and Hypnosis operates. The Masculine Principle of the person giving the suggestions directs a stream of VIBRATORY ENERGY or WILL-POWER TOWARD THE FEMININE PRINCIPLE. OF THE OTHER PERSON, and the latter accepting it makes it its “own and acts and thinks accordingly”
An idea thus “lodged in the mind of another person grows and develops”, and in time and in time is regarded as he “rightful mental offspring of the ;INDIVIDUAL.
Whereas it is in reality like the cuckoo egg placed in the sparrows nest, where it destroys the rightful offspring and makes itself at home.
The normal method is for the Masculine and Feminine Principles in a person’s mind to COORDINATE and act HARMONIOUSLY in CONJUNCTION with each other.
But unfortunately, the Masculine Principle in the AVERAGE PERSON is too LAZY to ACT—the display of WILL-POWER is too slight–and the consequence is that such persons are ruled almost ENTIRELY by the minds and wills of other persons, whom they ALLOW to do their thinking and willing for them.
How FEW ORIGINAL thoughts or original actions are performed by the average person?
Are not the majority of persons mere SHADOWS and ECHOES of others having stronger will or minds than themselves.
The trouble is that the “average person” dwells almost altogether in his ‘ME’ CONSCIOUSNESS, AND DOES NOT REALIZE, that he has such a thing as an “I”. He is POLARIZED in his Feminine Principle of Mind, and the Masculine Principle, in which is lodged the WILL, is “allowed to remain INACTIVE and not employed.
The strong men and women of the world invariably manifest the “Masculine Principle of Will, and their strenght depends materially upon this fact.\\
Instead of living upon the impressions made upon their minds by others; they DOMINATE their own minds by their WILL, obtaining the kind of mental images desired, and move over dominate the minds of others likewise, in the same matter.
Look at the strong people how they “manage” to implant their seed-thoughts in the minds of the masses of the people, thus causing the latter to “think thoughts in accordance “with the desires and wills of the strong individuals.
This is why the MASSES of people are such sheep-like creatures, never originating an idea of their own, nor using their own powers of mental activity.
The manifestation of Mental Gender may be noticed all around us in every day life
The Magnetic persons are those who are able to use the Masculine Principle in the way of impressing their ideas upon others.
The actor who makes people weep or cry as he wills, is employing this principle.
And so is the successful orator, statesman, preacher, writer or other people who are before the public attention.
The peculiar influence exerted by some people over others is due to the manifestation of Mental Gender, along the Vibratorial lines above indicated .
In this principle “lies the secret of personal magnetism, personal influence, fascination, etc. as well as the phenomenal generally grouped under the name of Hypnotism.
The student who has familiarized himself with the phenomena generally spoken of as “psychic” will have discovered the Important pat played in the said phenomena by that force which science has styled “Suggestion.: by which term is meant the process or method whereby an idea is “transferred to, or “impressed upon” the mind of another,, causing the second mind to act in “accordance therewith”
A correct understanding of Suggestion is necessary in order to intelligently comprehend the varied psychical phenomena which Suggestion underlies.
But,, still more is a knowledge of Vibration and Mental Gender necessary for the student of Suggestion. For the whole principle of Suggestion depends upon the principle of MENTAL GENDER and VIBRATION.
iit is customary for the writers and teachers of Suggestion to explain that t is the “objective or voluntary” mind which makes the “mental impression, or suggestion
upon the “subjective or involuntary” mind.
But they do not describe the process or give us an analogy in nature whereby we may more readily “comprehend the idea”>
But if you will think of the matter in the light of the Hermetic Teachings, you will be able to see that the “energizing of the Feminine Principle” by the “Vibratory Energy of the Masculine Principle” is in accordance to the UNIVERSAL LAWS of NATURE, and that the Natural world affords countless analogies whereby the principle may be understood.
In fact, the Hermetic Teachings show that the very creation of he Universe follows the SAME LAW, and that in all CREATIVE manifestations, upon the planes of the spiritual, the mental, and the physical–, there is ALWAYS in operation this PRINCIPLE OF GENDER – –this manifestation of the Masculine and the Feminine Principles.”
AS ABOVE ——— SO BELOW
AS BELOW ______SO BELOW
And more than this, when the Principle of MENTAL GENDER is once ‘GRASPED’
and UNDERSTOOD, the “varied phenomena of Psychology at once becomes
capable of intelligent classification and study, instead of being very much IN THE DARK.
The PRINCIPLE WORKS OUT in practice, because it is based UPON THE IMMUTABLE UNIVERSAL LAWS OF LIFE.
to be continue